Height: 6’4″ Weight: 306lbs.
Birth: March 9, 1984 in Cleveland Heights, OH
NFL Draft: 2006/Rd. 4/Pick 124
Barry is a defensive tackle on the Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Giants. He was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2006 draft out of Northwestern University and has been a starter ever since.
Barry played three positions on the defensive line at Northwestern, both defensive tackle spots along with left defensive end. He started in 36 of the 49 games played for the Wildcats, playing in every game as a true freshman. Barry helped lead the bowl-starved Wildcats (only 6 appearances in school history) to the 2003 Motor City Bowl and the 2005 Sun Bowl. He was named to the All Big Ten Second Team in 2005, his senior season. Barry is a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was a Super Prep All-Midwest Region and 2nd-team All-State defensive end in 2001. He was also 1st-team All-Lake Erie League and All-District honors.
In his rookie training camp with the Giants, he won the starting job and started each game that season. Barry is the first Giants rookie defensive player to start each game since Lawrence Taylor and Bill Neill did so in 1981. Barry was the starting defensive tackle and helped the Giants win the Super Bowl. Barry is a Super Bowl Champion. He gained that distinction in 2008, when his New York Giants defeated the then undefeated New England Patriots in one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
But Barry’s career didn’t start in Phoenix, AZ in February 2008. Cofield attended Cleveland Heights High School where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. He recorded 84 tackles, 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 12 sacks and 6 pass deflections his senior season. As a senior, he was named as a football All-Midwest Region selection by SuperPrep, was a second team football All-State selection, was a first team football All-Lake Erie selection, and an All-District football selection. In basketball, he was an All-League selection and an All-District Honorable Mention selection (11 ppg, 8 rpg, 5 apg).
He played his college football at Northwestern University, playing in 49 games with 36 starts for the Northwestern Wildcats. Barry started 36 of his last 37 games. A versatile player, Cofield started at right defensive tackle, left defensive end and left defensive tackle during his career, finishing with 197 tackles (88 solo), 6.5 sacks for minus 22 yards and 15.5 stops for losses of 38 yards. Barry had 18 quarterback pressures with 8 pass deflections and a 16-yard interception return. He also recovered 3 fumbles and forced 4 others. 5.5 of his 6.5 sacks and 11.5 of his 15.5 were stops behind the line of scrimmage in his last 2 years. Played in every game as a true freshman in 2002 and registered 36 tackles (14 solo) with 2 stops for losses while causing and recovering a fumble in 12 contests. Earned a starting job at left defensive end as a sophomore and had 46 tackles (19 solo) in 13 contests. He added 1 sack, 2 stops for losses, 6 quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Quickly adapted to playing right defensive tackle in 2004, when he started 11 games, collected 52 tackles with 3.5 sacks and 5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Cofield added 5 pressures and batted away 3 passes. Earned All-Big Ten 2nd-team honors as a senior in 2005, when he lined up at left defensive tackle. Recorded a career-high 63 tackles (24 solo) and had 2 sacks with 6.5 stops for losses and 7 pressures. He forced 2 fumbles, recovered another, deflected 5 passes and returned an interception 16 yards. Barry helped lead the bowl-starved Wilcats (only 6 appearances in school history) to the 2003 Motor City Bowl and the 2005 Sun Bowl. He was named to the All Big Ten Second Team in 2005, his senior season. Cofield majored in Communication Studies/Sociology.
He was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2006 draft out of Northwestern University and has been a starter ever since. In his rookie training camp with the Giants, he won the starting job and started each game that season. Barry is the first Giants rookie defensive player to start each game since Lawrence Taylor and Bill Neill did so in 1981. Barry participates in many charity events off the field. These include fundraisers for the United Way and My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter for women and their children.